Student support fund for supporting your studies

We may be able to help support you with your studies. Please read the Grants Booklet 2021-22 for more information. 


The Government provides College with a sum of money to help support you financially with your studies (criteria apply).


To comply with rules from the Government, we are changing  the income criteria threshold for grants applications for the new academic year September 2021 – July 2022.

The new income threshold is £35,000.

Applicants will be asked to provide evidence of TOTAL household income. We will disregard child benefit/DLA/PIP/Carers Allowance, but will include all other income (including Tax Credits and Universal Credits) in the £35,000 total.

Please read the 2021-2022 Grants Booklet for more information.

The Government also provides a separate fund to help the following groups of students, aged 16-18 at 31/08/2021 –

  • Those ‘In Care’ or ‘Care Leavers’
  • Those in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit in their own right
  • Those in receipt of Employment Support Allowance and PIP/DLA in their own right

These students may receive a bursary worth up to £1200 per year, though this is no longer an automatic entitlement. Applications will be assessed to ascertain the amount students actually need to participate, based on the types of costs they have.

All applications are treated as confidential, and income evidence will only be seen by Student Services staff responsible for processing your application.

Grants applications are open from 7th June 2021.

Applications are assessed on a first come/first served basis. You are not automatically entitled to help, even though you may meet the eligibility criteria.

We can help with 
• Travel expenses
• Kit and uniform
• Books
• Materials
• Trips/workshops
• College meals
• UCAS fees and university visits
For further information, please contact student support on 01952 642295

Apply for your grant HERE

Travelling to college

We’ve teamed up with Arriva to bring you better bus routes to ensure you can make your way to college. Visit Arriva’s website for other bus timetables.

We will be offering a college bus service from Bridgnorth to Telford College from September 2020. Details will be confirmed shortly.

We can help with transport if your total household income is less than £35,000 per year. We will disregard PIP/DLA, Carer’s Allowance and Child Benefit. You need to live at least 1.5 miles away from college, walking distance. Please read the grants booklet which can be found on this link.

Apply for your grant HERE

Free College Meals

Is your child missing out on entitlement for a college meal? The government gives the college funds which we can spend on students.

Check the list below to see if your son/daughter/ward can receive free college meals.
• Your child is 16-18 on 31 August
• You, as a parent/guardian receive:
• Income Support
• Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
• Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 per year
• Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
• Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
• Child Tax Credit (provided not entitled to Working Tax Credit ) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 (assessed by HM Customs and Revenue)
• Working Tax Credit run-on (rules apply)

If you are aged 19-24 and are subject to an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP), you may be entitled to free meals if you are in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits above.

Apply for your grant HERE

For more information – come and see grants or email for an application form and confidential chat. Telephone student support on 01952 642295

Care to learn scheme

• If you are under 20 at the start of your course, you may be able to get help with childcare fees from the Government’s care to learn scheme. You can apply online at care to learn.
• If you are over 20 at the start of your course, you can apply for a grant towards your childcare fees. Please read the Grants Booklet 2020-21 for more information


Advanced learner loan

If you are aged 19 or above and want to gain Level 3 – 6 qualifications to help your career, you may be able to apply for an advanced learner loan for eligible courses.
You don’t have to pay anything at the start of your course as you can apply for an advanced learner loan to cover the cost of your course.

Find out here how much you need to earn before you start paying back your loan.

Your tutor or Student Services advisor will let you know if your course is eligible, and how you can apply. The loan is not means tested.


You don’t have to pay any of your loan back until you’ve started earning over £26,575 a year. If you leave or change course after two weeks or more, you’ll have to pay back any money that was paid to your college or training provider.

You can choose to pay off some or all of your loan at any given time with no extra charge. Any outstanding balance is automatically written off 30 years after your scheduled qualification end date.

Repayments are set at 9% of your income above the minimum of £26,575 a year, £2,214 a month or £511 a week. You’ll be charged interest at the Retail Price Index (RPI) + 3% while you complete your course and until the following April after leaving your course. After that interest is linked to your earnings.

So if you earn:

  • less than £26,575, the interest is set at the RPI
  • £26,575 to £47,835, the interest is set at RPI + up to 3% on a sliding scale
  • over £47,835, the interest is set at RPI + 3%.

 Care leavers and children in care

College can be a bit daunting, getting used to a new environment, new routine and meeting new people all at once. If you are a child in care or a care leaver there may be additional challenges too.

At Telford College all our staff are trained to help meet your needs in a sensitive and confidential manner. We want you to succeed on your chosen course and help you with the next step, whether it’s work, an apprenticeship or higher education.

We offer:
• A dedicated CIC / CL contact who will offer individual support throughout your time at college
• Guidance and practical advice to help you settle in
• A guaranteed bursary paid weekly
• Help with transport (deleted equipment and trips)

We will also:
• Act as a link between you and your social worker/foster carers
• Meet with you before you start college to arrange early visits to support transition
• Link with your tutors
• Support you and offer advice and guidance on a variety of issues
• Signpost for further support if required
• Attend external meetings to support you as a Telford College student